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Awards and Recognition

Ranked in 10 specialties: Neonatology, Cancer, Heart and Heart Surgery, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Respiratory Disorders, Digestive Disorders, Orthopaedics, Urology, and Kidney Disease

Magnet Award 2011 Leapfrog Top Hospital

As the nation’s children’s hospital, Children’s National Medical Center is leading the way in children’s health on a national level. Our physicians and nurses are often asked to present at national conferences, submit publications in national outlets, chair various committees, and participate in many programs. Some examples of our national leadership include:

Children’s National Awards and Recognition

  • Children’s National Medical Center is ranked among America’s best pediatric institutions by U.S. News & World Report. Children’s National is ranked among the elite group of pediatric specialty care providers in the country who are ranked in all 10 pediatric subspecialty areas, demonstrating our expertise in providing the highest quality of pediatric medicine.
  • Children’s National has joined an elite group of hospitals worldwide to achieve Magnet designation, a nationally recognized accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). While only 6 percent of hospitals nationwide receive this recognition, even fewer children’s hospitals are recognized, adding Children’s National to a list of national leaders when it comes to excellence in nursing, patient care, and innovations in professional nursing practice.
  • Children’s has been verified as a Level I Trauma Center-Pediatric by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Children’s National is the only hospital in the DC-Baltimore region to receive this verification, which recognizes the team’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured children throughout the region.
  • Beacon Recognition for Our ICUs
    Congratulations to all three of our Intensive Care Units (ICUs) for receiving the Beacon Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The PICU and CICU are designated gold-level and honored with a 3-year designation. The NICU is designated silver-level and has a 2-year designation. The Beacon Award signifies exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction. For our critical care nurses and clinical teams, the Beacon Award means a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale and lower turnover. Congratulations to all of our caregivers and leadership teams across our Intensive Care Units for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence.

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Safety and Quality Performance

  • Children’s National received a RACE for Results performance improvement award from Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA) for “The Power of One: Virtually Eliminating Serious Safety Events (SSEs) through Safety Culture, High Reliability Techniques and Employee Engagement.” The RACE for Results award recognizes exceptional initiatives that improve patient care in children's hospitals. Children’s National was selected as a co-winner from 35 entries from the nation’s leading children’s hospitals.
  • Children’s Safety Team was awarded the George Mason University Quality Improvement of the Year Award, in the category of Health Systems Risk Reduction, for the work on: The Power of One: Virtually Eliminating Serious safety Events (SSE’s) through Safety Culture, High Reliability Techniques and Employee Engagement. The award recognizes quality improvement teams in hospitals or health care systems for their successful work.
  • Children’s won the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) center of excellence award in 2005 and 2009. The award includes recognition for quality outcomes, performance improvement projects, and a high standard for the training, certification and recertification of ECMO specialists.

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Children’s Research Institute

  • Children’s Research Institute ranks 9th for most highly funded NIH pediatric institutions in the country.
  • Children's National Medical Center, in partnership with the National Children's Museum (NCM) and The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD), was recently awarded a five-year Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to promote science literacy among children in the Washington, DC, region. 

Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

  • Our Pediatric Pharmacology Research Unit  is one of only 13 nationwide sites funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). John N. Van Den Anker, MD, PhD is the principal investigator.
  • Kathleen Scarbalis, PA, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders of Northern Virginia was elected as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the State of Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants.
  • Debbie LaFond, RN, received the 2009 Jean Fergusson Excellence in Pediatric Hem/Onc Nursing Practice award – given annually to an Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) member in recognition of his or her compassion and expertise in clinical nursing practice and for actively incorporating research and new ideas into clinical practice.
  • Lynn Hardesty, LICSW, Manager, Patient and Family Support Program, received the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers (APOSW) Social Worker of the Year Award. 

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Child Health Advocacy Institute

  • Joseph L. Wright, MD MPH, is a member and federal appointee on the national FDA Pediatric Advisory Committee. Dr. Wright was appointed as a result of expertise in emergency medicine and will serve in this role until 2013.
  • Children’s National is the home of the federally funded center, EMSC National Resource Center. This center was established to improve the pediatric emergency care infrastructure in the United States. Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH, is the medical director, and Tasmeen Singh Weik, Dr PH, is the executive director. The EMSC National Resource Center provides technical assistance to 50 states and 5 territories for EMSC programs.  Children’s National has been the home for the national resource center for more than 15 years.
  • Children’s National is the home of the federally funded center, Mid Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment which provides resources and clinical services for pediatric patients, health care professionals, and parents in the mid-atlantic region. Jerry Paulson, MD  and Ben Gitterman, MD are co-directors. The MACCHE is one of only 11 centers designated nationwide to provide knowledge, clinical support and education for pediatricians, public health officials, family practice physicians, and parents on the impact of the environment on children’s health.
  • Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH, serves as the immediate past chair and first chairman of the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) Violence Prevention Subcommittee. Dr. Wright was appointed chair of this committee after serving six years on the AAP’s injury prevention committee.  During his tenure, the committee’s statement on bullying prevention and intervention was featured in numerous media stories including the New York Times.

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Center for Heart, Lung and Kidney Disease

  • Children’s National Heart Institute (CNHI) is one of the leading cardiology groups involved in the initial project of the Joint Council on Congenital Heart Disease (JCCHD). This project involves improving the care and outcomes for children with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) during the “interstage” period between Discharge after the Norwood procedure and Admission for Bidirectional Glenn. The JCCHD is a multi- institutional National Quality Improvement Collaborative with the mission to dramatically improve the care and outcomes for children with cardiovascular disease.
  • Gerard Martin, MD, serves as the only pediatric cardiologist on the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology. He is the chair of the board.
  • Richard Jonas, MD, is president of the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society, councilor and chair of the nominating committee for the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, chair of the publications committee and a member of the governing council and member of the constitutional council for the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, and president of the Global Council on Educational Standards in Congenital Heart surgery indefinitely.
  • Laura Olivieri, MD, pediatric cardiology fellow, received the American Heart Association’s Council on Clinical Cardiology Women in Cardiology Trainee Award for Excellence.

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Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Center for Surgical Care

Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral  Health

  • Phillip Pearl, MD, Chief of Child Neurology, elected President of the Professors of Child Neurology. This is the preeminent academic organization in child neurology and is composed of child neurology program directors, chairs, division chiefs, and section heads. The Professors of Child Neurology is dedicated to the training of pediatric neurologists and the academic activities of child neurology academic programs.
  • Children’s National Medical Center was named the national lead center on mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) by the Sarah Jane Brain Project (SJBP), a national organization focused on the prevention and treatment of acquired brain injury in children.
  • One of charter members. Children’s national leads multiple studies and committees.
  • Roger Packer, MD, is the principal investigator for Children’s National for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium, which is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-sponsored consortium that conducts cutting edge clinical trials for children with brain tumors
  • Dr. Packer also is a principal investigator for the Department of Defense Neurofibromatosis Clinical Trial Consortium. This consortium is made up of eight institutions and is a network for children and adults with NF tumors.

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Hospital Based Specialties

  • Children’s Pediatric, Cardiac, and Neonatal Intensive Care teams have been recognized by two external groups for their commitment to quality and performance improvement. The teams have made great strides in implementing quality improvement processes focused on bloodstream infection rates. All three of Children’s National Intensive Care Units received the Sustained Improvement Award from Health and Human Services for Eliminating Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections. The Sustained Improvement Award for Eliminating Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections recognizes teams that demonstrated consistent and sustained progress over an 18- to 24-month period. Each of Children’s Intensive Care Units also received the George Mason University 2011 Health Care Quality Improvement Award Clinical Improvement Award. The team was recognized for “Eliminating Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections in ICUs – A Commitment to Our Children.”
  • Fran Cogen, MD, a former Board member (physician representative) is currently the Chairman of the Examination Committee for the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE). Dr. Cogen also serves on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee to examine insulin pumps.
  • Paul Kaplowitz, MD, is the section chair of the Amerian Academy of Pediatrics section on endocrinology.
  • Billie Short, MD, was on the founding executive committee of the Extracorporeal Life Support Registry, which measures outcome in patients treated with extracorporeal life support or ECMO.
  • Children’s National’s Neonatal Intensive Care physicians have been early innovators and leaders in the Children’s Hospitals Neonatal Consortium (CHNC), which is a group of free-standing children’s hospitals Neonatal ICU (NICU) Directors who have organized to develop a benchmarking/outcome database that represents the high acuity population. This is the first multi-center database to be developed specifically for this population. CHNC has partnered with Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA) in developing this database.
  • The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) presented Children’s with a Center of Excellence Award for the past six years. Dr. Short was the editor for the first edition of the ELSO training manual used nationally and Dr. Short and Lisa Williams, ECMO Manager, co-edited the 3rd Edition of the ELSO ECMO Specialists Training Manual.
  • Billie Short, MD, is on the founding steering committee of Children’s Hospitals Neonatal Consortium (CNMC) and Children’s Hospitals Neonatal Database (CHND).This is the first neonatal database looking at the high risk population seen in NICUs.
  • James Chamberlain, MD, is one of four principal investigators for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), a 22-hospital research network. The team is leading major research endeavors in pediatric emergency medicine.

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Diana L. and Stephen A. Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health

The Goldberg Center has been the leader in establishing The DC Partnership to Improve Children’s Healthcare Quality (DC PICHQ). DC PICHQ was established in 2005 as a broadly collaborative regional improvement partnership dedicated to improve health care delivery and outcomes for children in the District of Columbia. The DC PICHQ engages active provider participation of the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, academic centers, community practitioners and parent advocates and collaboration with DC Government health and managed care plan leadership.  Based in the Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health at Children’s National, the DC PICHQ developed one of the country’s most active and successful portfolios of funded “Community Health QI” initiatives in Preventive Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) Care, Immunizations, Asthma & Childhood Obesity.

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Our faculty and staff are often asked to present at the national level at various conferences. Some recent publications/posters include:

  • Winifred Wang presented at the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology’s annual meeting in April 2010, to discuss Hydroxyurea treatment of infants with sickle cell anemia; results of the Baby HUG study. This breaking study was also accepted to the New England Journal of Medicine for publication.
  • Amanda Kasper, MPH, did a poster presentation at the APHON annual meeting to discuss how an MRI evaluation of joints in patients with Hemophilia improves detection of arthopathy.
  • Co-author Chris Guelchero presented at an APHON annual meeting to discuss the Hemophilia handbook for families, and Hematology drug sheets
  • Joseph M. Campos, MD, lectured in Philadelphia at the Osler Institute Pathology Board Review Course about bacteriology, mycology, virology, mycrobacteriology, and antimicrobial susceptibility testing. This is an invited series of lectures intended to provide a review or microbiology for pathologists and preparation for the pathology board exam for residents.
  • Joseph M. Campos, MD, presented at Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins in Philadelphia about Pediatric Critical Care Medicine with AD Slinim and MM Pollack the editors of “The Clinician and the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory”, an 11 page chapter in a textbook written for physicians.
  • Joseph M. Campos, MD, presented at ASM Press in D.C. about the Manual of Clinical Microbiology, 9th edition, with PR Murray the editor in Chief, describing laboratory consultation, communication, and information systems.
  • Wendy Paul, MD, was the case group discussion leader  at the 2009 ASFA Annual Meeting in San Diego, discussing Pediatric Therapeutic Apheresis Technical Rounds. She engaged in the dissemination of highly specialized expertise at a national meeting.
  • Wendy Paul, MD, did case presentations on the Children’s experience with molecular phenotyping of red blood cells, at the 2009 AABB Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. She used cutting edge technology with potential benefits for transfusion management of patients with sickle cell disease.  Children’s is one of the few centers utilizing this technology in pediatric transfusion.
  • Lewis L. Hsu, MD, PhD, Biljana Musicki, Trinity J. Bivalacqua, and Arthur L. Burnett conducted an oral research presentation at the Sexual Medicine Society of North America national meeting from November 19th-22nd of 2009 in Sandiego, CA. Titled” “eNOS / Protein Interaction In The Sickle Cell Mouse Penis”, the presentation won the Basic Science Award.
  • Tara Brennan presented at the 4th annual sickle cell research and education conference from the 16th-19th of February 2010 in Hollywood, FL about “Neurodevelopmental Deficits Among Infants and Toddlers with Sickle Cell Disease”.
  • Lewis Hsu, MD, was invited to lecture about animal models of sickle cell disease and sickle cell disease-specific vasculopathies at the 5th Brazilian Symposium for Sickle Cell Disease and other hemoglobinopathies from the 4th-7th of October 2009 in Belo Horizante, Brazil.
  • Ansh Johri (student) and Dr. Lewis Hsu (mentor) gave a research talk on the image analysis of mouse pneumonia called “Semi-Automated Method to Measure Pneumonia Severity in Mice through Computer Tomography (CT) Scan Analysis“ at the SPIE Medical Imaging conference from the 13th-19th of February 2010 in San Diego, CA.
  • Rhonique Harris, MD, MHA, presented at the National Institute of Health’s Hunger and Health Symposium to discuss the identifiers of hunger in a symposium on hunger among children and opportunities for future research.
  • NACHRI conferences are attended by healthcare professionals nationwide and internationally. NACHRI includes 218 children’s hospitals members in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy, China, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Presenters from Children’s at this year’s annual conference included:
  • Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH presented at the Emergency Medical Services for Children in Your State workshop. Dr. Wright conducted a workshop for child health advocates discussing EMSC regionalization on the state level.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition (NCE) was hosted in Washington, DC, in 2009. AAP has approximately 60,000 members including pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists in the US, Canada, and Latin America. Many of our physicians lead national presentations.
  • Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) is an annual event that is co-sponsored by the American Pediatric Society, the Society for Pediatric Research, the Academic Pediatric Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Presenters at this year’s conference included:
    • Joseph L. Wright, MD MPH  - Addressing Youth Violence Across the Clinical Spectrum
    • Joseph L. Wright, MD MPH and Tasmeen Singh Weik, DrPH - Poster Performance Measures for Pediatric Disaster Preparedness
    • Tasmeen Singh Weik, DrPH - A Gap Analysis Comparing Pediatric and Adult Prehospital Research, Factors Influencing State Adherence to Performance Measures in Emergency Medical Services for Children, and Availability of Pediatric Specific Medical Direction in the United States
  • Paul Kaplowitz, MD, presented at the AAP National Meeting about interpreting abnormal lab tests. He also presented at the American Thyroid Association annual meeting about subclinical hypothyroidism in children.

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Our faculty and staff frequently author or co-author articles in a variety of journals and publications. Some recent publications by our staff that were published in national journals include:

Publication: Oncology of Infancy and Childhood
Topic: This is one of the two leading pediatric hematology/oncology texts
Children’s Faculty: Jeffrey Dome, MD, PhD. Senior Author of Renal Tumor Chapter.
Publication: Principles and Practice of Pediatric Oncology
Topic: This is one of the two leading pediatric hematology/oncology texts
Children’s Faculty: Jeffrey Dome, MD, PhD. Senior Author of Renal Tumor Chapter

Publication: Haemophilia A: patients' knowledge level of treatment and sources of treatment-related information, 2009 Jan;15(1):73-7. Epub 2008 Sep 8.
Topic: A pilot study using a survey instrument developed by haemophilia nurse coordinators was conducted at a national meeting to obtain information on Haemophilia. A total of 187 surveys were completed. This pilot survey of well-informed respondents identified deficits in knowledge regarding factor concentrates for the treatment of haemophilia A and highlights the need for healthcare providers to provide more information about factor concentrates, insurance coverage for treatments, and community and educational resources.
Children’s Faculty: KL Miller, C Guelcher, MS, RNCS, PNP, A Taylor.

Publication: Biochemical and Molecular Basis of Pediatric Disease 4th Edition. Currently in Press with AACC Press for release July 2010
Topic: Allergic Disorders and Rheumatologic Disorders Chapters: Compilation of current literature and practices with a targeted audience of clinical chemists, and post-graduate trainees. Dissemination of information to a unique audience regarding a unique patient population.
Children’s Faculty: Hemant Sharma, MD, MHS, Lawrence Jung, MD, and Wendy Paul, MD

Publication: Transfusion Therapy: Clinical Principles and Practice, 2010 Oct; AABB Press
Topic: Chapter: Compilation of current literature and practices in pediatric transfusion. Shows the dissemination of critically important information for a specialized patient population.
Children’s Faculty: Edward Wong, MD, Dr. Wendy Paul and Naomi Luban, MD

Publication: Sickle Cell Disease- A Handbook for Families, 2009
Topic: This handbook covers Sickle Cell Disease and is part of the Pediatric Hematology Series of patient education handbooks, as well as the National association’s publication for patient education.
Children’s Faculty: Co-author Barbara Speller-Brown, PNP

Publication: Hope & Destiny- A Family Guide to Sickle Cell Disease 3rd Ed, 2010 Hilton Publishing Co.
Topic: This book for family education is a leading source of patient care and education of sickle cell disease.
Children’s Faculty: Co-author Lewis Hsu, MD

Publication: Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2010 Feb;16(2):263-72.
Topic: This analysis of late benefits of BMT for sickle cell is the largest group report in the US, and has implications for decisions on BMT.
Children’s Faculty: MC Walters, K Hardy, S Edwards, T Adamkiewicz , J Barkovich, F Bernaudin, GR Buchanan, N Bunin,R Dickerhoff, R Giller, PR Haut, J Horan, LL Hsu, N Kamani, JE Levine, D Margolis, K Ohene-Frempong, M Patience, R Redding-Lallinger, A Roberts, ZR Rogers, JE Sanders, JP Scott, KM Sullivan.

Publication: Antimicrob Agents Chemotherapy, 2009 Sep;53(9):3871-9.
Topic: Meropenem pharmacokinetics in the newborn
Children’s Faculty: John N. Van Den Anker, MD, PhD

Publication: Journal of Science Translation Medicine, 2009 Oct 14;1(2)
Topic: More than baby steps: perspectives on pediatric translational research
Children’s Faculty: John N. Van Den Anker, MD, PhD

Publication: AAP Policy Statement, Pediatrics 2009; 124:394-403
Topic: The Role of the Pediatrician in Youth Violence Prevention
Children’s Faculty: Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH

Publication: AAP Policy Statement, Pediatrics 2009; 124:802-812
Topic: Pedestrian Safety
Children’s Faculty: Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH

Publication: AAP Policy Statement, Pediatrics 2009; 124:1233-43
Topic: Guidelines for Care of Children in the ED
Children’s Faculty: Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH, Tasmeen Singh Weik, DrPH

Publication: Prehospital Emergency Care 2009;13:295-303
Topic: Does EMS Transport for Pediatric Ingestion Decrease Time to Activated Charcoal?
Children’s Faculty: Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH

Publication: RAND Corp., October 2009
Topic: Health and Health Care Among District of Columbia Youth
Children’s Faculty: Published with acknowledgement to Ruth Fisher, MS, MBA; Eric Rosenthal, MD; Kim Searcy, MPH; Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH

Publication: Journal of Clinical Pharmacololgy 2010 Feb 11
Topic: Understanding the relative roles of pharmacogenetics and ontogeny in pediatric drug development and regulatory science
Children’s Faculty: John N. Van Den Anker, MD, PhD

Publication: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology 2010 Jan; 6(1):95-103.
Topic: Efavirenz in the therapy of HIV infection
Children’s Faculty: John N. Van Den Anker, MD, PhD, and Natella Y. Rakhmanina, MD, FAAP, AAHIVS

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Public Relations and Marketing

Our Public Relations and Marketing team has won the following awards and recognition.The team is comprised of five functional areas - public relations, marketing, interactive communications, corporate communications and physician relations.

Aster Awards for
excellence in healthcare marketing.

  • Gold Award: Physician Mailer with USB drive/landing page component
  • Gold Award: Blue Card Mobile App with supporting web page and direct mail

    Greystone Best In Class Awards in internet healthcare.
    • Gold Award:  Best Use of Health Content to Drive ROI, Comprehensive SEO Strategy for Service Line Pages on
    • Gold Award: Best Execution of Social Media Tactics,  Expanding Our Social Audience

    Ragan Awards for excellence in Healthcare PR and Marketing.

    • Winner, Best Use of Social Media, For innovative use of social media to benefit children’s health
    • Honorable Mention, Best Marketing Campaign, Parent’s Letter Project
    • Honorable Mention, Best Interview Video, “ When I go Home”

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